Du Toit ruled out for the rest of the season

Sharks and Springboks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit has been ruled out of all rugby for the rest of the season after he went off injured playing for the Sharks against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Du Toit went down in the 36th minute of the Sharks 10-27 Super Rugby victory over the Cheetahs but that victory has come at a cost not only for the Sharks but also for the Springboks rugby world cup hopes.

The Sharks lock suffered a ligament tear on the same knee that kept him out of much of the 2014 rugby season.

The injury is a big blow for the Sharks as Du Toit has been the Sharks and even Super Rugby’s leading line out ball taker so far. His only below par performance was two weeks ago when he went up against Victor Matfield.

Ironically the twenty-two-year-old’s injury will now almost certainly mean that Matfield will be the Springboks key man in the line out at the rugby world cup.

In Durban the Sharks will most likely replace Du Toit with Marco Wentzel as Stefan Lewies has not yet recovered from an injury but will return soon.

The Sharks have since released a statement confirming Du Toit’s injury and saying that he will see the specialist who operated on the same knee previously, in Cape Town today.

“We are hoping that it is not a re-rupture of his ACL and a confirmed diagnosis will be made after seeing the specialist “

“We as The Sharks family and I’m sure South African rugby fans at large are hoping that his injury is not as bad as originally feared,” said Sharks Team Doctor Alan Kourie

In other injury news the Sharks said that Willem Alberts hamstring strain will keep him out for another 2/3 weeks while Stephan Lewies can be expected back in four weeks.

Tera ‘Beast’ Mtembu will see a specialist eary this week to determin the treatment plan for the sartilage damage in his knee.

The Sharks host the Chiefs in Durban this weekend.

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